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New nonprofit seeks to bring clean water, library to children in Liberia

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The Education Transforms Lives (ETL) Foundation invites the community to learn about its educational mission and efforts in Liberia from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

The nonprofit’s first event takes place at Bucks County Community College, at the Orangery, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown. The gathering will feature a meet and greet with the organization’s board of directors, light jazz and refreshments, and a keynote presentation on the hardships and hazards Liberian children face. There will also be testimonials from those who once lived in Liberia.

The program is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $15, $5 for students.

The foundation will also welcome school supplies, new and gently-used backpacks, and children’s books for a K-8 library, which it will establish at a school where most students have never seen a storybook. Also appreciated will be textbooks for community college students in Sinoe. Collection receptacles will be available at the event.

The ETL Foundation was created in 2016, after its founder, Clovis Dixon, an American Liberian native, returned to visit Liberia after being away for over 20 years.

“I found the conditions to be even more dire than I remembered them to be when I left as a child. I was so compelled to do something,” asserted Dixon.

With the support of several fellow professionals from Bucks County Community College, as well as from volunteers on the ground in Liberia, he began the international campaign to help the severely challenged health and education systems in his native country. For instance, the foundation has fortified resources at Sinoe Community College by supporting the nursing program with textbooks and older but still useful simulation lab equipment from the Bucks County Community College.

The main focus of the evening is to raise capital to fill the immediate need for a water pump that will bring fresh water to the Todee Elementary School, located just outside the capital city of Monrovia. The school has no running water or water fountains, so students walk half a mile each way to drink from a creek also used by locals for washing laundry and for bathing. The tainted, muddied water exposes children to illness and parasites, as well as to other dangers such as snakes – especially perilous to most of the students who are without shoes.

The second need is for a mini-library and school supplies to provide basic educational materials that are necessary to learning, but severely lacking at Todee. For example, it is common for three students in the elementary school to share one pencil, and for a single room to accommodate children across five grades.

The nonprofit ETL Foundation has been accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the Republic of Liberia, thereby acknowledged as an independent partner in building resilience and transformative self-determination among the country’s communities and individuals .

For information about the event or the ETL Foundation, visit etlfoundation.org or call 215-789-0860.


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